I focus on a person’s innate potential rather than pathologies and shortfalls.
My therapeutic viewpoint is primarily informed by the client-centered approach, a strength based perspective that focuses on a person’s innate potential rather than pathologies and shortfalls. I respect my client’s autonomy and self-determination and view them as resourceful individuals who will work their way to find the answers that best fit their situation.
I invite an open, authentic relationship with my clients. I believe it is the trust developed in this relationship between client and therapist that helps the client examine inhibited issues and biases, identify practical solutions to their problems, and progress towards deeper wisdom. My role as a therapist lies not in solving problems but in properly framing them. And I address these concerns from my client’s perspective; their unique worldview. Like, any learning experience, therapy involves failures. But when the emphasis is on learning, setbacks can be tolerated long enough to acquire good strategies, gain skills and confidence.
It is you, the client, who determines the course of this dialogue and the outcome.
There is no magic formula.
There is no single magic formula for resolving problems and the process may involve revisiting painful past events. A client’s commitment and patience through the counseling process will go a long way in meeting their goals.
Sometimes I use mindfulness techniques to supplement therapy. Meditation, cultivated as a regular practice provides inner calm and self-reflection. I find the non-judgmental curiosity cultivated through mindfulness develops the capability to be aware of our experiences in the present. Meditation (a form of mindfulness practice) is an integral part of my life and influences the way I am with clients.
I view learning as a lifelong process. I appreciate the differences in perspectives and look for possibilities inherent in all my experiences in and outside the therapy room.